Colten care homes focus on fitness and well-being
Residents of Court Lodge and Linden House in Lymington take part in long celebration of good health
Residents of Colten Care Homes in Lymington and Winchester extended a week of fitness and wellness into a full month of invigorating. They took part in the National Bee Active Week which included ideas and suggestions for staying healthy and happy.
The residents and staff of Abbotts Barton in Winchester were very pleased with the benefits they decided to continue following his recommendations until the spring.
Following a suggestion from clinical manager Jane Shaw, team members organized a circuit training course around the garden with diagrams positioned along the path to exercise different body parts.
Exercises that strengthen muscles, prevent falls and help with balance
Jane said: “The idea is to promote the health and well-being of the residents and to get some fresh air in the garden as well. The exercises are great for residents to strengthen their muscles, prevent falls, and promote balance. “
Resident Peter Winchester said: “It’s a great idea to make everyone more active in the garden. We softened it up by doing a little more each day. “
Singing and healthy eating go into the fitness mix
In addition to daily exercise, residents sing playlists of favorite songs and enjoy healthy snacks and smoothies.
There are also health quizzes to help maintain mental agility while also highlighting the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.
Fellowship Team Leader Kirsty Sawyer said, “We encourage healthy eating and provide increased exercise opportunities for those who want to participate.
“We have indoor sit-down workouts that provide gentle stretches and movements, often to the sound of music.
“And the residents have a lot of fun with activities such as quoits, basketball, yoga and tai chi.
“We also started a hands-on baking club offering healthy food discussions and, of course, opportunities to taste the end product.”
Court Lodge and Linden House are full of bee ideas
At Court Lodge, staff and residents walked 99 tours of the garden in tribute to the house’s oldest resident, 99-year-old Ann Melrose.
She started several participants by walking the first lap of the 20km / 12 mile challenge, joining again for the last lap.
Companion team members Cat Loubser and Julia Puia, who dressed as busy bees, put another buzz in the march.
Highlight and promote fitness and wellness suggestions
Julia said: “We are completely committed to making sure our residents are happy and healthy all the time, but Bee Active has given us another chance to highlight and promote suggestions for fitness and wellness. . We aim to continue this momentum. “
Among the delicious treats new to some residents was a homemade carrot cake with aquafaba and pumpkin seeds topped with avocado frosting.
Pictured are Court Lodge Companion Team members Cat Loubser and Julia Puia, dressed as bees, with residents, left to right: Mary Wharmby, Maureen Jones, Rose Joyce and Ann Melrose.
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Three of Colten’s New Forest homes are rated “Outstanding” by the Quality of Care Commission: Linden House Dementia Care Home in Lymington, Woodpeckers Residential Home in Brockenhurst, and Kingfishers in New Milton.
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With over 30 years of experience, Colten Care is an award-winning family business of nursing homes. It has 21 quality care homes spanning Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Sussex and offers a range of services covering residential care, nursing and dementia. Seven of the homes are rated Excellent by the Quality of Care Commission and Colten Care has a consistently high group score, currently 9.9 out of ten, on the public review site Carehome.co.uk. Based on this third party advocacy, Colten Care is the UK’s top rated nursing home group for its size.
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Three Colten care homes in the New Forest rated exceptional
Colten Care operates six residential nursing and nursing homes in the New Forest, three of which are rated Outstanding and three in Lymington: Belmore Lodge, Court Lodge and Linden House Dementia Specialist (Outstanding). There are also houses in Brockenhurst – Woodpeckers (exceptional), New Milton – Kingfishers (exceptional) and Mudeford – Avon Reach. Click on the links to learn more about each house …